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The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), formerly known as the Department of Chinese, Translation and Interpretation, was established in 1988. Our department is one of the leading academic departments in Asia that studies Chinese and its interaction with English. It addresses real-life language issues in a bilingual society. As a department with two undergraduate programmes, several taught postgraduate programmes, and a PhD programme, CBS has come a long way and is now a widely recognised innovative pioneer in establishing academic programmes that are underpinned by our research while meeting the demands in society. 


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Led by Deputy Secretary for Education Ms. Louise SO, seven officials from the Professional Development and Special Education Branch of Education Bureau (EDB) visited the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) on 14 February 2023 to understand how technologies are utilized in applied language sciences research, and their application values in the education sector.   The EDB guests include: Ms. Louise SO, Deputy Secretary for Educat

2 Mar 2023


(The Chinese version is available after the English version.)   In order to recruit high-calibre students who are determined to pursue academic research, the MA Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation is launching two scholarships in the 2023/24 academic year.   CBS Postgraduate Scholarship is an entry scholarship, which offers a 50% tuition waiver to applicants with outstanding intellectual potential to complete an MA thesis and have achi

29 Dec 2022

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Miss Kitty LAW Lai Ping, Year 4 student in BA (Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies (BACBS), has been awarded the Outstanding Service Awards for Tertiary Students 2021/22 in recognition of her outstanding leadership and significant contribution to the community. Only two of the 20 awardees come from PolyU this year. The selection of this annual award was co-organized by the Hong Kong Student Services Association and the Hong Kong Outstanding Te

29 Nov 2022

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Dr. FENG Yan, the PhD graduate of CBS in 2022, has been awarded the 2022 LSHK Outstanding Thesis Award under the category of PhD thesis. The award was offered by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) to encourage young scholars at local tertiary education institutions to conduct linguistics research.   The LSHK Outstanding Thesis Award recognizes the outstanding theses which contribute to any area in linguistics, including MA thesis, MPhil t

28 Nov 2022

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Following the success last year, the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) was invited to participate in the Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit (GIES), the largest gerontechnology public education event in Hong Kong, again on 2-5 November 2022. During the 4-day exhibition, the Speech Therapy team illustrated the application of the ultrasound imaging technology in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia to policymakers, stakeho

12 Nov 2022


(The English version is available after the Chinese version.)   在中文及雙語學系(本系)推動下,香港理工大學(理大)於2022年9月7日與中國外文局全國翻譯專業資格(水平)考試(CATTI)項目管理中心簽訂合作協議,成為香港首個獲官方認可的CATTI考點,並由本系負責考場設置及考務管理等事宜。 CATTI於2003年推出,是唯一納入中國國家職業資格制度的語言類考試,合格者可獲國家認證的「中華人民共和國翻譯專業資格(水平)證書」。CATTI的翻譯專業資格認證備受全國廣泛認可,去年全年累計報考人數逾35萬,是對參試人員口譯或筆譯雙語互譯能力和水準的評價與認定。 本系自1988年成立以來,一直致力提升本港中英文專業翻譯的水平。除提供與翻譯相關的本科及碩士課程外,本系翻譯研究中心亦為CATTI的指定培訓中心,為考生提供中英文的筆譯及口譯訓練。隨著理大成為本港首個CATTI考點,本系將繼續積極培育本地語言及翻譯人才,促進翻譯專業在本地

8 Sep 2022


Accompanied by PolyU’s President Prof. TENG Jin-Guang, Dr. the Hon. Christine CHOI Yuk-lin, Secretary for Education, visited CBS Speech and Language Sciences Laboratory on 5 September. The visit was also joined by Ms. Michelle LI Mei-sheung (Permanent Secretary for Education), Mr. Jeff SZE Chun-fai (Under Secretary for Education), Dr. YAO Yao (Acting Dean, Faculty of Humanities), Dr. ZHANG Caicai (Associate Professor, Department of Chinese and Bi

6 Sep 2022

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Congratulations to our Prof. William S-Y. WANG, Chair Professor of Language and Cognitive Sciences, for being elected as 2023 Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). LSA Fellow is a prestigious recognition of a member's contributions to the discipline, and up to eight members of the Society may be named Fellows each year.   Founded in 1924, LSA aims at advancing the scientific study of language and its applications. It plays a critical

19 Aug 2022

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Trained by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) and the Department of English and Communication (ENGL), the Hong Kong student representatives have achieved excellent results in the Nineteenth International Linguistics Olympiad (19th IOL), held at Isle of Man on 25-29 July 2022. Competing with 184 contestants from 50 teams, the four-member team has won one silver medal and one bronze medal in the individual contest, and an Honorar

9 Aug 2022


The Outstanding Alumni Award of PolyU CBS aims to give public recognition to outstanding CBS graduates for their professional achievements and significant contributions to the community and their alma mater. We are delighted to announce the following result of the CBS Outstanding Alumni Award 2023:   Mr. Peter NIU Outstanding Young Alumni Award in Professional Achievement of PolyU CBS 2023   Read more about the story of our awardee:   Mr. Peter

24 Apr 2023


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